GALLERY:Petite bikini comp winner stood out from rest

CHANTAL Pegg may be short in stature but she rose above the pack on Saturday night to claim first prize in a Bundaberg modelling contest.

Miss Pegg won the local Australian Swimwear Model of the Year competition at the Queenslander Hotel and will go on to represent the venue at the national contest next month at the Gold Coast.

The 156cm, Rockhampton beauty was shocked when her name was read out.

"All I remember is standing backstage hearing the first two girls' names being called out," Miss Pegg.

"Then a friend, who was in the competition with me, started pointing at me and I started laughing and thought 'no way'."

WINNER: Chantal Pegg.
WINNER: Chantal Pegg.

It makes me different and stand out in the competition

 

Miss Pegg was one of 10 stunning women who took part and while happy with the win said she enjoyed the camaraderie with the other competitors.

"I love doing this because of the friends I get to make and the opportunities to travel," she said.

Miss Pegg, who works at Rockhampton Mater Hospital as a medical imaging assistant, entered her first modelling competition in 2013 and said she began training for the weekend event four weeks ago.

"I watch my portions but I still eat what I like and have few cocktails with my girlfriends," she said, laughing.

The diminutive 22 year old said being short had its advantages.

"It makes me different and stand out in the competition," she said.

Event co-ordinator Taylor O'Grady said only one point separated Pegg and second-placed Bundaberg beauty Nissa Reid.

Nissa Reid 2nd place. Photo: contributed Paul Donaldson
Nissa Reid 2nd place. Photo: contributed Paul Donaldson contributed

"The scores were tight and the girls were all stunning," she said.

"Nissa is new at this and did really well."

The six judges took into account the attire, personality and catwalking ability of all the contestants.

"There were three categories - formal wear, fitness theme wear and swimwear," Miss O'Grady said.

"Chantal won over the judges and crowd with her personality."

Miss O'Grady said she had heard all the usual complaints about swimwear contests - that they were sexist and demeaning to women.

"It's surprising but we get a lot of men that says it is demeaning to women," she said.

"I think it's each to their own."


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